Hello there! Welcoming OHSU’s new house officers

Hundreds of new residents and fellows pursue post-graduate training at OHSU

OHSU welcomes 294 residents and fellows to its 76 accredited Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs this month – including new trainees as well as residents who have moved into new programs as fellows. Summer is a season of change for thousands of post-graduate medical trainees worldwide entering programs to hone their skills in a chosen specialty. Academic medical centers are critical to this process as accredited training sites – for example, over 43,000 first-year (R-1) positions were available in the U.S. in 2011-12, according to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

GME-orientationAt OHSU, a total of 179 new residents, including interns, begin practicing here in July, including 25 School of Medicine graduates and 28 foreign medical school graduates. Of the 72 fellows joining OHSU, four are OHSU graduates and 18 graduated outside the United States. See below for a breakdown by specialty of the 2012 residents and fellows.

“This is a particularly historic time for anyone pursuing a career in medicine, with the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act,” said Donald Girard, MD, Associate Dean for GME. “Our newest trainees are absolutely vital to the implementation of health care reform, and I have no doubt they will lead the charge for new models of care as we adapt to today’s economic and demographic reality.”

While the Supreme Court decision provides a mechanism for some 32 million Americans to access health care, there is no reversing the nation’s aging population. The AAMC reports that by 2020, there will be 45,000 too few primary care physicians in this country.

In addition to an expansion of residency training positions, in-state retention of GME trainees will become increasingly important. Historically, OHSU retains 53 percent of our GME physicians (the state median in 2011 was 45.7 percent, according to AAMC data). One-third of all Oregon licensed physicians obtained some or all of their education at OHSU.

OHSU’s GME programs attract highly qualified applicants and are increasingly competitive – for example, the Family Medicine and Surgery programs typically field about 1,000 applications for the 12 slots available in each program. U.S. News & World Report placed OHSU’s primary care education program at third in the nation in its latest rankings. OHSU’s family medicine and rural medicine programs are also nationally ranked, and have been for over a decade.

Here are links to other welcome announcements from various School of Medicine departments: